Chicken Paratha
Chicken Paratha
5 from 1 vote
Elevate your mealtime with a scrumptious fusion of flaky paratha and tender chicken filling. This recipe promises a delightful blend of savory flavors and aromatic spices, creating a perfect balance that will leave your taste buds craving for more.
Chicken Paratha

Have you ever had a dish that transports you straight to the bustling streets of Pakistan? Picture this: a hot and fresh chicken paratha sizzling on the griddle, its savory aroma wafting through the air, tempting your taste buds and tantalizing your senses.

This traditional Pakistani dish is a delightful blend of flavors and spices, perfectly encapsulated within a crispy, golden-brown paratha.

The origins of chicken paratha date back to the streets of Karachi, Pakistan, where local vendors would skillfully craft these delicious treats to satisfy hungry passersby. The recipe has since become a staple in Pakistani cuisine, loved for its bold flavors and comforting qualities.

While mastering the art of making chicken paratha may seem daunting at first, with a bit of practice and patience, you’ll soon find yourself whipping up this mouthwatering dish with ease.

The key to a perfect chicken paratha lies in the balance of ingredients – tender chunks of chicken, aromatic spices, and fragrant herbs all nestled within a soft, flaky paratha. The process may require a bit of finesse, but the end result is well worth the effort.

Whether you’re looking to impress your friends at a dinner party or simply craving a taste of the exotic, chicken paratha is sure to hit the spot.

Ingredients

Chicken Breast: Chicken breast is a lean cut of meat that is used in this recipe for its tender texture and mild flavor. It is a great source of protein and can be easily shredded or chopped for use in the filling of the paratha.

Onion: Onions add a sweet and savory flavor to the chicken filling. They also provide a nice crunch and texture to the dish when cooked with the chicken.

Green Chilies: Green chilies add a spicy kick to the chicken filling. They can be adjusted to taste, depending on how spicy you prefer your parathas to be.

Ginger-Garlic Paste: A combination of ginger and garlic adds a rich and aromatic flavor to the chicken filling. It enhances the overall taste of the dish and complements the other spices used in the recipe.

Turmeric Powder: Turmeric powder adds a warm and earthy flavor to the filling. It also gives the dish a vibrant yellow color and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ground Coriander: Ground coriander is a mild spice that adds a slightly citrusy and nutty flavor to the filling. It pairs well with the other spices and enhances the overall taste of the dish.

Ground Cumin: Ground cumin has a warm and earthy flavor that complements the other spices in the filling. It adds depth and complexity to the dish without being overpowering.

Chilli Powder: Chili powder adds heat and a vibrant red color to the chicken filling. It can be adjusted to taste, depending on how spicy you prefer your parathas to be.

Salt: Salt is a key ingredient that helps to enhance the flavors of the other ingredients in the filling. It also helps to season the chicken and bring all the flavors together.

Fresh Coriander Leaves: Fresh coriander leaves, also known as cilantro, add a fresh and herbaceous flavor to the filling. They provide a burst of freshness and brighten up the dish with their vibrant green color.

Whole Wheat Flour: Whole wheat flour is used to make the dough for the parathas. It adds fiber and nutrients to the dish and gives the parathas a hearty and wholesome texture.

Cooking Oil: Cooking oil is used for frying the parathas and cooking the chicken filling. It adds richness and helps to brown the parathas to a crispy perfection.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

Serving Suggestions

  • Chicken Paratha can be served with a side of plain yogurt or raita for a cool and refreshing contrast to the spicy flavors of the dish.
  • You can also serve it with a fresh salad of cucumber, tomatoes, and onions dressed with lemon juice and salt.
  • For a heartier meal, serve Chicken Paratha with a side of dal (lentil curry) or a vegetable curry like aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower curry).
  • To make it a complete meal, pair Chicken Paratha with some pickles or chutneys like mint or tamarind chutney.

Variations

  • If you prefer a spicier version, you can increase the amount of red chilli powder and green chilies in the Chicken Paratha filling.
  • You can also add some garam masala or curry powder to the filling mixture for a different flavor profile.
  • To make a vegetarian version, you can substitute the chicken with paneer (Indian cottage cheese) or mashed potatoes mixed with spices and herbs.
  • If you’re looking for a healthier option, you can use whole wheat flour to make the parathas instead of regular flour.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key ingredients for Chicken Paratha?

The key ingredients for Chicken Paratha are chicken, onions, tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, spices like turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt, and fresh coriander leaves.

How do you make the chicken filling for Chicken Paratha?

To make the chicken filling, you first cook the chicken with the spices, onions, and tomatoes until the chicken is tender and the mixture is dry. Then, you add fresh coriander leaves for added flavor.

What type of flour is used to make the paratha dough?

Usually, whole wheat flour or a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour is used to make the paratha dough.

Can I use store-bought roti or tortilla to make Chicken Paratha?

Yes, you can use store-bought roti or tortilla instead of making the paratha dough from scratch. Simply heat up the roti or tortilla, add the chicken filling, fold it, and cook until crispy.

How do you serve Chicken Paratha?

Chicken Paratha is traditionally served with raita (a yogurt-based side dish), pickles, or a spicy chutney. It can also be enjoyed on its own as a snack or a meal.

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Chicken Paratha

Chicken Paratha

by Nabeela Kauser
Elevate your mealtime with a scrumptious fusion of flaky paratha and tender chicken filling. This recipe promises a delightful blend of savory flavors and aromatic spices, creating a perfect balance that will leave your taste buds craving for more.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 6 parathas
Calories 235 kcal

Ingredients

  • 300 g Whole Wheat Flour
  • 300 g Chicken Breast
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • Salt
  • Coriander chopped
  • Water

Instructions

  • Boil the boneless chicken breast in a pot of water until fully cooked.
  • Once cooked, remove from the water and allow it to cool slightly.
  • Shred the chicken into small pieces using two forks or your hands. Set aside.
  • Heat a tablespoon of cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onions and green chilies. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown.
  • Stir in the ginger-garlic paste and cook for another minute.
  • Add the shredded chicken, turmeric powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, red chili powder, and salt to taste. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander leaves over the chicken mixture. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour with a pinch of salt.
  • Gradually add water and knead the flour into a soft dough. Cover and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into equal-sized portions and roll each portion into a ball.
  • Flatten each dough ball into a small disc and place a spoonful of the chicken mixture in the center.
  • Fold the edges of the dough over the filling, sealing it completely, and then gently roll it out into a round paratha.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat and cook each paratha on both sides until golden brown, brushing each side with a oil.
  • Serve the Chicken Parathas hot with yogurt, pickles, or your favorite chutney.

Notes

Chicken Paratha makes a delicious and satisfying meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
You can adjust the spice levels according to your preference by increasing or decreasing the amount of green chilies and red chili powder.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 16gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 571mgPotassium: 410mgFibre: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 3mgVitamin D: 0.05µgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Cooking, Flatbread, Food, Paratha, Ramadan, Recipe, Sides
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